ZTE Skate Hard Reset to Factory Soft Settings (Simple Guide)

Also known as Orange Monte Carlo, the Skate phone from ZTE is one of the older models as it was released in September 2011. It may not be one of the most powerful smartphones – it has 512 MB of RAM and a single-core processor – but it’s an affordable one that serves your basic needs. If you happen to have purchased this device around its launch time, you probably have it for 2 years or more. In this case, you may have started to experience errors, failures and hangs that interfered with your user experience.

Today’s article is going to show you how to get rid of such software issues by performing a hard reset on the ZTE Skate. This is one sure way to remove all possible viruses and refresh the operating system in order to regain functionality of the phone. One thing you should bear in mind is the fact that all data will be lost, which is why a backup is crucial in case you have various files you’d like to keep. Everything from music and photos to videos, messages and apps can be easily saved this way.


Running on Android OS v2.3 (Gingerbread), this ZTE phone is equipped with a TFT capacitive touchscreen. Having a 2G and a 3G network, it also comes with a Wi-Fi 802 hotspot and Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and EDR. The Li-Ion 1400 mAh battery doesn’t support more than 5 hours talk time, but it can allow you to use the phone in stand-by mode for up to 288 hours.


There are various ways to restore the ZTE Skate and our simple guide is going to focus on two of them – the first one uses the phone’s main menu while the second one is suitable in case the phone is entirely frozen. First and foremost, though, it is important to remember that all files will be lost by the end of the process. To save your documents, you should transfer them to a separate folder on a cloud or an external device, such as a computer.

Moving on to the first method, you should try to do the following:

  1. From the Home Screen select the Menu icon and go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Privacy then go to Factory Data Reset.
  3. Check Erase SD card and press Reset Phone to continue.
  4. Tap Erase Everything and wait for the reboot to start.

The second option you have will be using the hard reset buttons to do the same as before:

  1. Power the phone off and make sure the battery is charged completely.
  2. Press the Home key, the Volume Up button and the Power key for 2 or 3 seconds.
  3. Wait for the Recovery Options to appear and use Volume Down to select Wipe Data.
  4. Confirm each option with the Back button and wait for more instructions to pop up.
  5. Use Volume Up to choose Yes and press the Back key once more to restart the phone.
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